Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you know that Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs is picking off quarterbacks left and right this year. As of Week 15, Diggs has a whopping 10 interceptions on the year, putting him three picks above the next closest cornerback in the league (J.C. Jackson).
The second-year cornerback is now only one interception behind the Cowboys organization record set by Everson Walls. He is also four picks behind the all-time NFL interception record (in one season), set by Dick “Night Train” Lane.
Heading into Week 16, Diggs has three more chances in the regular season to stack his stat line. Some situations will be easier than others.
Power ranking the final three quarterbacks Cowboys’ Trevon Diggs will look to pick off the rest of the year
We decided to do some Power Rankings of our very own to see where Diggs has the best chances to continue to inch closer to history with his interception count. Let’s see which of his future foes will give him the best chance.
Sitting in the No. 3 spot is the easiest opportunity for Diggs to snag a football.
3. Taylor Heinicke/Somebody(?!)…from the Washington Football Team
I know we aren’t supposed to shed tears for NFC East enemies, but the poor Washington Football Team. This team has been plagued with injury, and more recently, is one of many teams dealing with a huge influx of COVID-19 cases. For this reason, we don’t even know who Diggs will be looking to pick off in Week 16 yet. As of Thursday morning, Taylor Heinicke has officially been cleared from COVID protocol, so it seems likely he’ll be under center Sunday night.
Here’s the thing, though: regardless of whether it ends up being Heinicke, Kyle Allen, or Garrett Gilbert, Diggs should have a very easy time reading these inexperienced QBs.
In Week 1, Ryan Fitzpatrick got the ball before injuring his hip. Fitzpatrick has yet to return since. Since then, it’s been mostly Heinicke at the helm. While the 28-year-old did lead WFT to some miraculous victories mid-season, he has been banged up and is an interception machine, due to his recklessness with the ball.
Heinicke has 12 interceptions on the season and had a dismal 44.0% completion percentage in the Week 14 matchup against the Cowboys. That is candy to a cornerback like Diggs.
We also saw third-string quarterback Kyle Allen in the Week 14 matchup when Heinicke went momentarily down with some injuries. The dominating defensive pressure from the Cowboys did not bode well for Allen. He was sacked and ended up with a passer rating of just 63.7 for that game.
Heading into Week 15, WFT saw a huge increase in COVID-19 cases, knocking out both Heinicke and Allen. This caused Washington to hunt for QB number four on the year, and the team eventually signed Garrett Gilbert from the Patriots’ practice squad (who actually started in a game for the Cowboys last year). Until Tuesday’s game against the Eagles, Gilbert had only played in seven NFL games since entering the league in 2014.
Surprisingly, the Week 14 game against Washington was one of only five games where Diggs did not have a pick. But that might just mean he will be trying even harder for round two against WFT at home in Texas.
The only way I can see Diggs not having success in this game is if Washington realizes they have no chances at a passing game and solely runs the ball, which isn’t entirely unlikely. But if one of those guys sends a prayer up there, Diggs has a good chance of coming down with it.